Toddler does Dolly: Where’s the line between dress-up, hyper-sexualization?

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TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” has no doubt been the subject of massive verbal barbs from viewers and online users when it comes to the way young females are being portrayed on the show.

It started with spray tanning and slightly edgy outfits. But the outrage is growing as the latest round of debate is making many people’s heads spin. The latest call for action centers on a mother’s decision to allow her 4-year-old child to wear fake padded breasts and padding on her behind in an attempt to play out the role of Dolly Parton on the show.

“This makes me want to puke,” one Twitter user wrote.

The “Toddlers and Tiaras” flap is the latest in a seemingly endless line of stories about the level of appropriateness when it comes to how young girls should be dressing and how companies are marketing to them. There was the breastfeeding children’s…

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